In the deserts of Mundo a castle appeared out of thin air. Gardens suddenly shook off the sand and then conquered it until it was a forgotten dream. Streams and ponds bubbled and burst in sprays of moisture.In the sky rose up a sun that drove most of the hollows to seek the darkness beneath the ground. Birds, animals, and fish flourished in the new scenic view. Those hollows that resisted the desire to crawl back down into the ground crept closer and tried to enter only to be repelled with blasts of lightning and acidic flames. Snarling they slid away from the invading structure. While inside the still expanding castle caskets of magic ice shattered as the protection spells connected to the landscape. Among them was the young Head Mage Vincent. Who shivered as he clung to the dragon made steel framing that made such caskets near impervious to all enemies. He coughed and looked across to see Kila who smiled weakly at him. As he tried to return it he lost the magical water from his lungs that preserved his body. To be followed by the others. Gasping he felt his powers warm, dry and cloth him as they returned slowly so as not to overwhelm his shivering system. "Ha-ha!" Kila laughed as water still drained from her nose. Her cloths already in place. "At least I don't have water coming out of my nose like some disgusting waterfall." Kila redirected the water from her nose towards the irritating asshole across from her. He was yet too shaken to dodge the spent water. "Damn you! That's just gross! I thought you were a lady!" Kila finally free of the draining snorted. " If I had ever been a lady 'we' would have never gotten together. So did you miss me?" She blushed. Vincent sighed. He had dreamed about her every nanosecond of the time spent in the damn casket. He struck an arrogant pose and then winked at her before any of the others realized the two head masters had more then just their titles in common. She blushed even more which set the sconce's on fire. "Well where the hell are we Vector?" Zans, the professor of wind screamed out watery as his draining wasn't quite done yet. Vector the professor of direction was a somewhat slow critter, as his mind was what the castle was attached to. It would take time for each part to report in. "Leave him alone! The poor bastard has the castle to attend to. God I hope it stays in one spot for more then a microsecond. I hate when my one self has to contend with the phases." Shara, Vector's ever faithful wife and so far the only one Vector would sleep with. Which was unusual for a male mage, the more offspring the more power they had. Vector only had an even 4. Two boys and two girls. Which were still in their teenage years. Not even old enough to procreate. Puberty for mages didn't start till they were 18 even up to 20 if they were late. "My dear I am alright. The castle is settled and the barrier enforced....we are in Mundo, so its no big deal. We've been here before. I wonder how many survived the tragedy." Everyone awake paled. Vincent could only remember the shattering of life essences and then the immediate process of being preserved by the casket. He shivered. It had been a first for most of them including him. " One had to have survived to awaken us. One powerful enough to settle the castle's red light of danger." Kila said. "Yes but where are they?" Shara said. Usually the power would be with in a few yards of the school but Mundo was a dead zone. There were no hollow mages.
Yuzu hummed along with the radio as it played her favorite song while she cooked. Abel had come back from their....she giggled. So called Men's weekend. She tasted the soup and made a face before adding the carrots and celery. The so called weekend had landed all 5 boys with colds and fevers. They were now all bundled up underneath blankets in the living room sneezing and blaming each other for getting them sick. Marz had come dragging Chad over his shoulder like a very large sack of potatoes, while there had been 2 others carrying what was left.
"You'd think an angel would know better and if not them then at least this pain in the ass would. Yeah Mr. 60's we know who you are right down to your stick of power. You don't get to be our age without knowing what's going on when it concerns your kind of prickly bastards." Keisuke grumbled as he was deposited into a rocking chair after being swathed in a heavy blanket. "And who the hell are you?" The man laughed. "Prickly. You don't need to know who the hell we are. Just be glad we aren't here to kick your ass, course you don't have much of one to kick." He said disappointingly. Marz hit the man hard in the side, making the man's eyes water. "Enough Loki, I asked the family to meet me...though I wasn't really expecting to have to pick up a bunch of babies who didn't know enough to make a decent shelter to get out of the rain. Hell they could have taken a tent. Though the big boy might not have fit. Still...Keisuke how far did you get?" Keisuke folded his arms and refused to talk. The one man with a Horus ball cap had taken a step towards him. A cough from Marz halted him but he looked him in the eye. "We didn't make it even a 5th of the way....we ran into monsters. Not hollows.....something else. Something ancient." Then the man smirked and turned his head away leaving Keisuke shaken. "What...(achoo)...are you (achoo) people?" The two men looked at Marz. Marz eyed the two men who shrugged and took a deep breath and smelled the already started soup. "I smell food, good food." Mr. Cap chuckled and slugged the man called Loki in the shoulder. "You're always hungry. Is this what you do when you have to be away from her? I mean other then tell jokes and pull pranks.Which got us kicked out of the Angel's and Demon's bar that I so was enjoying. I mean where else could you not mind being poked by a little devil. Or saved by an angel with curves so wicked they should be a sin." Marz laughed. " He saved you from yourself. I know your wife, but at least you're not as bad as your father Osiris." Keisuke's eyes went wide and then he shook his head and poked his ears as if he hadn't heard right. "You heard right reaper. Where the hell did you think they came up with the stories. Sheesh Marz I thought you said he had some brains, not lacking them." Horus said as he took the bowl and spoon from Yuzu and handed it to the big boy named Chad who was doing an excellent job of holding his sneezes back. "You know I've never seen someone your size your age in quite some time...." Horus sniffed him and nodded. "You aren't quite what you seem....not quite one of us, but not one of the norms. Family dead or missing." (sniff-sniff) " Hey Marz you didn't tell us we had royalty in the mix. Straight up in the blood....Loki take a sniff. Tell me if it doesn't remind you of someone." Marz clapped a hand on Loki's shoulder. "Now is not the time and if we don't keep a low profile those damned escapee's from Hell will find them." At that the two men became serious. "Sorry Marz. I'll go downstairs and keep watch. When we're done here I'll go to the next town and see if I can track those bastards down that took out the patrol....
have to be a nasty bunch to take out those boys. At least I hope. Hate to think that anyone of those boys could go bad." Horus said and then sagged. " Then again we all knew Lucifer before he betrayed us all over something so idiotic as humans. They are children. Ignorant, whining, but always hopeful. Always teachable, even if they have a short memory. So of course God pitied them more, they needed Him. Angels.....definitely not....Us....hmm o.k. yes but not as much. They are like the kittens you find at your door step, but of the miniature kind. So they need your care all the time and they are too cute to just say no to." Loki groaned and rolled his eyes big time and then pushed Horus out of the yet open door. "Sorry Horus is such a talker, can I get a bowl when its done little miss? Smells nearly as good as my wife's....god I miss her." Horus laughed. "I suspect she'll be pregnant with in the first few days your home. God you are never going home. Ha! Ha! Ha! How many will that make? 11 or 12." Loki blushed and pushed him harder, so hard that they all heard the thud, thud , thud as the man rolled down the stairs. Marz sagged. "Don't worry about them they've taken harder hits. Or that other thing, that was only for them. Only way I could get them to get serious and even that didn't work that long." Isshin frowned. "But they are out there. If they got to my girl what stops them from coming to KaraKura?" Keisuke nodded and held off a sneeze. "He's right what's to stop them." Marz sat down at the table where Yuzu put a bowl of soup in front of him. He breathed it in and felt his mouth water. "The town's name. The 2nd part mostly. Fallen angels, demons, hate smiths with a passion. Smiths are the arch-angel's weapon makers, god gave them to him when he was given the keys to hell....." Marz sagged his eyes went soft with memories. " I remember when we were saved....God sent Lucifer and Michael to....." He shook his head. " I'm getting off track. KaraKura is Kura's town. They set foot in it and Kura will utterly unmake them. Its part of a smith's gifts. That's one thing even demons are afraid of."
Keisuke drained the bowl in one loud slurp. He smiled excitedly. Marz rolled his eyes. Isshin hmphf. "I did warn you about involving him. He's completely nuts." Marz snorted. "I've met his kind before. I live with those two from time to time. He's small peanuts compared to them." Keisuke had made it to the table with his bowl and blanket and was basically drooling to know the story. "Yes, Kura actually lived here. Course the place was a near non-existant fishing village, but it did have a lord and a forge. That's all I'm telling you. Too much and you'll poke your nose too deep to come out with it attached to your face. I mean it."
Isshin filled Keisuke's bowl again."Don't think he's lying. He doesn't joke about such things." Marz smirked."Don't worry if things don't settle down soon enough, the smith will have to come and take the job on themselves." Keisuke frowned. "Does that mean there's more then just those 2?" He pointed towards Renji and Ichigo. Marz paled. "You aren't supposed to know about them." Keisuke felt something very long and pointy sticking him in his now almost full stomach. He narrowed his eyes at his friend. "Why does the High King want the smith's eliminated?" Isshin put his hand on Marz shoulder. " I will not have blood spilled here, this is my home. You will both respect it." Marz recalled his saber and it became the key chain for his motorcycle again. "A smith is power. Pure as the sun power, but power that can not be controlled by any one other then God and the Arch-Angel Michael. Plus the much more recent High King is not as legitimate as he would like everyone to believe. His sister's children have more pull then he their uncle has. Same old story of whose left standing. If it was known he wasn't the only leader for the position, there might be a disagreement or even a rebellion in the possible future." Ichigo wobbled to the table still sweating profusely. "You mean they won't stop till whoever this royal is is dead." Marz nodded. "That's about the gist of it. Which means the 2 of you may have to be imported to another country till this blows over." Renji sneezed on the back of Ichigo's head as he came up to him. Which got Renji a fist full of Ichigo in his face. " I think I'll leave that for another time, just be careful when you go out on the job. Hollows are one thing. Demon's are a completely new game... I know you've been to the hell verse. That's a cake walk to the bastards I hope to squash before the years end....if I can't and the smith isn't here by then you'll wish you were back in the hell verse. Now come on and lets eat, before we disrespect the fine cook and her meal." He smiled warmly at Yuzu who blushed and was taking down a tray with two bowls and a plate of crackers and cheese for Loki and Horus.